Saturday, 13 August 2016

Choosing School Accessories for Kids

Choosing a lunchbox and water bottle can be exciting for school going kids. With the variety of eye catching fancy looking products available in the market, at times it gets difficult to choose the right product that's safe and convenient for kids to use.

There are times when kids fall for attractive looking items with striking colors and characters but when it comes to lunch boxes and water bottles we can not afford to compromise on quality as the low quality plastic can be harmful for our little babies and they may be intaking chemicals along with the food through everyday use.

When it comes to food containers, Tupperware is the best bet. Needless to boost about this brand ... Cause it's one name that's been ruling the Indian kitchen in every household for years. I myself am a big addict of Tupperware and can blindly trust their products after the faith they have generated in all these years.

Just one look and feel of the product is enough to judge the awesome quality of this product. The smooth and firm plastic quality makes Tupperware safe and superior from the rest.












Here's what I have to say about the recently launched "Tupperware Dora Sandwich Keeper
which I feel is awesome and comes handy for packing sandwiches, pasta, salads and small snack items for school, picnics, classes and much more.

These wonderful containers are great for kids school lunches as it keeps the bread fresh for long hours while sustaining the foods texture and flavours.

These are pretty easy to unlock for little hands and keeps the food fresh and intact keeping moisture away.

What I liked most about these pretty looking sandwich keeper is that " The sandwiches need no wrapping and they come out as fresh and soft as they went in at lunch time."

These come in great colours and characters for girls as well for boys to keep them close to their fantasy world while they eat away their lunch.

These cute little sandwich keepers are fun for little ones to carry lunch to school or snacks to the park.

The guarantee that comes along with these lunch boxes makes it worth the money as they last longer than other similar products in the market.

They also keep food fresh for extended periods of time.

The super quality of the sandwich keeper is made safe to store food inside, It fits in easily either in school bags or small baby bags without making the bags bulky for toddlers and kids to carry.

These containers are easy to clean and dry. It not only saves our pockets but environment too and are Reusable.

Available in different colours and designs makes it the first preference for kids as well for mothers.

The downside of these sandwich keepers are the size, as not all bread sizes fit into them. Also these little containers work best for toddlers and small kids to carry portions according to their needs.



To complement the "Tupperware Dora sandwich keeper" there is this awesome "Tupperware Dora water bottle" which is equally high quality and stores water up to 400ml good enough for a school going kid's consumption during the day. Easy to sip and hold while you are away at school or picnics. It comes handy whenever the child wants to hydrate himself/herself. These leak proof bottles keeps the water away from spilling. The spout cap snaps in place to prevent the water from flowing out or sloshing. This lightweight bottle can either be held or carried in bag hardly occupying any space or adding to the weight of the bag.

These bottles come in different colours and designs and can be picked according to the child's choice of characters.

I personally liked both the products, especially because of the good quality that is safe for everyday use and lasts longer.

To purchase the above products you can log on to Tupperware India website and get connected to the nearest Distributor. The above set also makes for a nice gift for school going kids during birthdays and other occasions. I recommend this quality product that is useful and worth spending for!! 


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Bio Oil brings #YummyMummies on the ramp this Mother's Day!

                             "You never understand life until it grows inside of you"
                                                             
This Mother's Day offered me an opportunity to experience an event of its kind and a fabulous show as I witnessed the Bio Oils's #YummiliciousWalk dedicated to expecting mums. The sight of the beautiful mommies-to-be left the audience awestruck when 12 pregnant women sashayed the ramp with their naturally glowing skin and cute baby bumps. Each one of them looked absolutely stunning, styled differently in fashionable outfits by Inaaya, jewellery, make up and beautifully done up hair. The credit goes to Shivangi Lahoty for their flawless appearance who ensured they all looked nothing less then a princess.




The beautiful and svelte actress Shveta salve and coveted model Carol Gracias graced the occasion with their presence and flaunted their baby bumps too along with 12 other beautiful pregnant women who walked the ramp with complete ease and confidence.


The brand created a platform for expecting mothers, to help them come out of their cocoon and dazzle the ramp.


The thought of becoming a mother itself brings so many emotions to a woman. Pregnancy is such a divine state of a woman when she carries a life within her. That's the most beautiful part of being a woman and needs to be celebrated. No wonder a woman carrying a child glows naturally and looks her best... Still many of us feel uncomfortable with the way we look and avoid social gatherings during this time. Dressing up is definitely the last thing on our mind as we are mindful of the way our body looks.



This Mother's Day Bio oil's #YummiliciousWalk was a step towards expecting mothers to celebrate their bodies and shed those inhibitions of a pregnant woman. Each mother-to-be looked gorgeous and grabbed all the attention needed at this stage of motherhood.

Carol Gracias stated, "I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity to choreograph the walk with all these gorgeous women! Joining these lovely mothers has been an over-whelming experience. So, all you Yummy Mummies out there go ahead and flaunt your cute baby bumps!"



Also present at the event were celebrity gynaecologist Dr. Kiran Coelho and dermatologist Dr. Rashmi Shetty. They discussed the concerns of a pregnant women and their worries of stretch marks post delivery. They also shed some light on the changes a women's body undergo during pregnancy and suggested one must take care of skin as it gets dry and itchy during pregnancy. Keeping the skin moisturised all the times with an application of Bio Oil can give a big time relief from stretch marks and smoothens the skin keeping it soft supple and maintains its elasticity.

The presence of Vitamin E, Lavender, Calendula and Rosemary makes Bio Oil the perfect choice for expecting mothers to rely on. Bio Oil is a specialist skincare oil that not only helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone but is also very effective for aging and dehydrated skin.


Well-known TV Actor and dancer Shveta Salve expressed, "Pregnancy is a wonderful journey that should be cherished and rejoiced." She said, " I have been using Bio Oil from day one of my pregnancy and recommend this to all the expecting moms to get away with dry skin and stretch mark worries.

The specialists highlighted the after effects of a good skin care regime and recommended tips for improving the skin as well as the ideal time to get back to exercising post pregnancy.



Encouraging women to come out of their shell, boosting their morale and making them feel beautiful was the focus of the event. This Mother's Day, Bio Oil partnered with Yummy Mummies across the country to encourage them to celebrate their pregnancy phase rather than shying away from the world.

The event was perfect to match the theme and the occasion of Mother's Day. What better way to celebrate the love, the care and the sacrifice a women makes to be a mother.




"The changes in your body will last for just nine months, but the beauty of Motherhood will          embrace you for the rest of your life".

                                                               " Happy Mothers Day "



Saturday, 30 April 2016

Review of "The Crazy Scientist Box" from PodSquad

Summer vacations are the time to break free from the monotonous everyday routine and indulge in some fun and adventure. Holidays are totally fun for kids as they get a big break not only from schools but because they look forward to so much more they get to do while at home or away from home. Though vacations are usually exciting for kids... It can be equally taxing for parents to manage kids along with the rest of the household chores and work.

 So what have you planned for your child this summer ....??

How about making the most of their holidays by letting them free to explore some crazy little activities designed for them to challenge their curious minds?


Here I would introduce you to the brand new fun activity product that's not been launched in the market yet and my review of the product "The crazy Scientist Box" from the brand "PodSquad".


PodSquad "The Crazy Scientist Box"



What is PodSquad?

It's a brainchild of Ms. Abha Shah, the founder of PodSquad. Behind PodSquad is a passionate team of educationists, children's writers, designers and teachers who have contributed through decades of experience behind them.

PodSquad is based on a -"Theory of Multiple Intelligence" proposed by Howard Gardner. The theory suggests every child is unique and is born with 9 intelligence's (also known as the 9 SMARTS) some more pronounced and some less. It's important for parents to identify the child's aptitude early on by exposing them to various opportunities to explore. PodSquad is designed keeping in mind the above aspect of a child development and their uniqueness.


PodSquad box is a fun filled learning activities delivered monthly to your doorstep to keep your highly enthusiastic and energetic child occupied while catering to all his needs of fun, play & learning and promises a peaceful time for parents too! Ah! a sigh of relief!

My first ever PodSquad box arrived yesterday. The look of the box is kept simple yet attractive with the picture of pods to introduce your child to all possible kinds of pods he/she can think of as a playing companion.

The box clearly mentions... all the important information one would seek about the product including a brief description of activities that comes with the box, the learning approach and the subscription details.



Sliding PodSquad box & 3 activity kits

I liked the packing of the box .. It's hassle-free and different from other packings that usually requires a pair of scissors and turns out to be a struggle for kids to tare open it. A box has a small flap attached that slide opens the box which can later be used as a drawer for kids to keep their stuff.

Highlights:

The sliding box makes it way simpler for kids to open and take a peek into the activity box and that's
a big plus as my son smilingly opened the box and needed no assistance which he usually does.


Each activity is further divided and packed separately in reusable string-bags to ensure there is no mix of activities happen even while you leave it all by your kid. 

Each activity bag comes with well explained instruction's chart that's simple to understand for any kid within the given age group.

All the material required is provided along with the measure that's needed for the activity and labeled for easy understanding and use.

The step-wise procedure makes it easy to comprehend and follow avoiding any confusions at all.

The explanation through images along with the instructions helps the child relate better while he is on the go.

The activities ensure child works on his own without making it difficult at any stage for them to understand.

Lastly, PodSquad box contains a list of activities and the skills utilized by your child while performing, this gives a great insight for parents to understand their child's ability.


PodSquad's "The Crazy Scientist" comes with a pack of three different activities that keeps the child engaged for hours and hours promising loads of fun.



Activity 1 : Complete Slime Kit



This activity was super fun for my child as he had never done something like this ever before. It got real interesting when he kept following the instructions without anticipating how it's gonna turn out. His enthusiasm was pretty much visible when he held his own slimy in his hands. His very own slimy kept him occupied for quite long and he proudly called it his first invention. 


Activity 2 : Science Charade Card Game




The activity comes with a pack of 30 cards with some interesting facts on one side designed to work on the child's vocabulary and to enhance the art of enacting the words. 

Its a pretty interesting mix of game and education that can be enjoyed either with other kids or can just be played single handedly too.

The most eye catching object in the kit was the sand timer that took my sons attention and he immediately figured out that all activities needed to be completed within a time frame. I liked the way his eyes were on the sand timer while doing his activities but the sand slid little too fast... hahha!

While we indulged in this science of charades game ... He didn't forget to point out..Time is running out mom with his sand timer in hand. 

Activity 3: Magnet Maze Puzzles




Geeky Pod's Magnet Maze : A game of navigating magnets through mazes to experience magnetism first- hand. The activity kit contains 4 board maze games with magnets. 

My son literally looked stunned at the magnetism experience he had with the magnet maze, playing maze with the magnet was a different experience altogether. The magnets kept him busy for quite long and I saw him experimenting different ways of pulling and moving the magnets by each other's magnetism.

Above all there is a free Geeky pod collectible and a pod story book comes along with the kit. 

 I honestly felt the activity kit kept my son busy for good 2 hours especially when his first ever experiment turned into a slimy and he couldn't resist but shared with all his friends and boosted of his experiment. He very well organised his own schedule and rearranged his box to secure the rest of the activities for next two days.

In my review it's really been an exciting experience with Podsquad. I would recommend parents to subscribe to this wonder kit which promises to be lot of fun for the child along with a great learning experience. 

The learning through fun and play stimulates child brain to think smart and helps them retain for longer. 

Most importantly PodSquad comes with a certificate of achievement that can be given to your children after a successful completion of the activity and it definitely works as a big boost for the child's confidence and a reward for your deserving kid.

Here's rewarding my Geeky Pod for his efforts, learning and fun!




Product Details:

Brand Name : PodSquad
Product Name : The Crazy Scientist Box
Product type : Educational Toy
Age Group : 4 -7 yrs

Website : www.podsquad.in

Do visit their website to subscribe online and further product related queries.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Women In Me knows her worth !!

Woman is an epitome of love, purity, compassion and courage. We have seen, read and heard of many such instances where women have time and again proven themselves in different areas of life to prove their worth in the world against the other gender.

Today women in me doesn't want to prove anything to the world rather wants to ask the world, the society and to the women themselves.

1. Why do we need to prove at all?

I see more than anything else it's our own society and culture making it difficult for women to lead an independent life. Today if I forget all the rules, boundaries and the cynicism that applies only to women and decide to live happily with a set of open minded people who treat each other equally, care about each other's sentiments and value their opinion.. I think nothing else matters and there is no way out that I can be made to feel insecure, unequal or inferior in any other way. Neither do i need to prove myself for anything at all.

The biggest culprit in our society is the mindset of people that haven't changed over the years.

Today, Women are much more educated than they ever were. They are earning their own bread and bringing name and fame to their families. They are capable of doing almost everything that a human mind and body does in the form of man. In spite of having a same human flesh, blood and brains .. women are asked to prove themselves as if they are handicapped in some way.

This is a shear mindset or a cultural barrier that has been set by few and is being followed by many just because it gives the other gender an ego boost and proves them superior. 

My next question is why do men need to feel superior at all? 

Kings felt superior when they went and fought the big historical wars to claim their victory over the others..But are men doing that today. Do we have kings anymore who have to prove themselves warriors and protect their kingdom?

The times have changed and so should we. Men don't need to dominate women in order to feel superior. We understand your worth and don't deny the fact that you complement us and your presence makes us feel even stronger. A man's qualities of strength and courage can be appreciative if used appropriately and for the goodness of society rather than discriminating and abusing women.

If given a thought, Today's times are the best when both men and women are capable of doing so much more with the education and awareness that's been around for a while now and can easily fit into each other's shoes as and when needed. It's the love, care and helping hand that needs to go along in order for a better times for the generations to come. 

Today, as a parent all I need to ensure for my child is good health, education, humanity, love respect and care irrespective of whether I have a girl or a boy child.

Where does the question of a gender even come from when we are dealing with humans who have the same mind and emotions? 

I would rather teach my child to be intelligent and independent enough to take a call and stand strong in difficult times. Loving, caring and sharing is something we start from the very beginning and these values go a long way even when they become adult and have a relationship to share with their partner. Just because the partner  is a women doesn't change the way we live life or the way one need to be treated. Women doesn't come with a pack of do's and dont's. 

So before I am a women, a wife, a daughter I am a human being who has the same mind as men and capacity to think and reciprocate, the same heart that pumps blood in the whole body as in men. In fact if there is any need to prove superior ... I as a women still win the game as I am also capable of giving birth to men. But I wouldn't take that credit because that's the way nature has created women and given her the strength to bare the pain to give someone a life. 

Let's respect nature for that and use the beautiful creation of God both men and women to the best of efficiency. Together we have the power to create wonders and bring the balance in life that's ever needed. 

We are both born to live together not to command or suppress each other.. It's as simple as that. All we need is to share the responsibility, work for each other than against and respect an individual and their needs.

That is the answer to all the bad in the society. One has to bring in the change in their own family to reflect it on society. 

The #WomenInMe wants to make sure non of the stereotyped thoughts passes on to my kids and they have an independent thinking on the basis of ethics, humanity, values and treat everyone equally. 

The #WomenInMe loves my father as much as my mother and truly believe both of them sacrificed in some way to raise me up and instilled values of love, respect and equality by being there for me as well as for each other.

The #WomenInMe loves the fact that i was raised along with two of my brothers and never felt any inferior to them as a kid. The women in me felt protected as they always stood by me. 

The #WomenInMe feels so proud when my husband says "you are my strength" and whatever i am able to achieve today is with your help and support.

The #WomenInMe cherish the unconditional love I get from my little boy, who showers it without asking for anything in return.

The #WomenInMe feels blessed when my parents in law love me like their daughter and trusts me with the responsibility of holding the family together and shower their blessings always.

 I am proud to be born as a women and will always love the women in me in the form of a mother, wife, daughter, sister and a friend.





Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Top 5 Toys/ Sports you will never regret buying for your kid

Kids grow faster than we even realize... From the time they are born... Soon they are ready to run on their toes... And before we even know it they have a choice of their own.
With so much to offer kids in today's world, it's not easy for parents to choose the best in spite of huge spending’s.
Those days were different when we grew up playing with sand, stones and leaves from the trees. We were happy collecting feathers and pebbles that gave immense pleasure to our inner core as a child.
Today's kids stay indoors and spend all the time either playing with toys or watching TV. With the limitation of staying indoors the choice of toys has increased and there is so much to choose from that often parents get confused and end up picking the wrong toys without giving it a much thought.
Kids have short attention span and end up losing interest in even the most expensive toy you might have bought few hours ago. They want something new every minute and the key is to keep them interested by inventing new ways of playing or by giving them a toy that tests their skills. It keeps them busy for longer as kids don't give up easily...
Here are some of my sons favorites that I feel every kid of his age would love to have in their collection... Plus there are various learning benefits that comes along with developing skill sets while they are at play...
 1. Building blocks/ Lego/ Construction toys - I am sure this one is the top most pick for any kid between the age of 4 - 6. Every kid wants to own it no matter what size or price. Lego has a huge market and comes in all shapes and sizes. It's heavy on pockets but surely helps building up creativity, shape matching, memorizing and sequencing. It has huge learning benefits and is a great fun activity.
Checkout some of my sons favorites :
             

2. Action figures: My son has this fascination for superheroes and I am sure there is nothing strange about it. All boys do. He likes to collect his favorite characters and has a collection of avengers team and many more from Chota Bheem to ninja turtles. It's natural for kids to feel stronger than they are and these superheroes help them grow their imagination and bring alive the characters they have seen and heard in stories.
            

3. Role play toys/games : These makes for the best choice for kids when it comes to teaching them about the real world and make them familiar with the stuff we do in our day today life. They love to explore real life games as it brings confidence when they feel they can do it all that elders do. It's a great learning for kids this age when they are not toddlers anymore. Fire station, police set and shopping center are some of my son's favorites.
                 

As kids grow they need more than just toys to entertain themselves. There is so much physical strength and energy they have that needs to be utilized constructively to help them stay fit and healthy... 
4. Cycling/ skating/ swimming/ any sport : : Its equally important for kids this age to indulge in one or more of these physical activities that builds stamina, helps them grow tall and keep them on the move. It's equally important to go for the right size while choosing a bike as per kid’s age and height. It's natural for kids aged 5 and above to be able to pursue their favorite sport along with cycling and skating.
                

5. Hobby/Art/ Skill : It’s imperative for a kid of this age to pursue a hobby that can help them rejuvenate after a tiring day. Initial five years are good enough for a child and parent to understand a child's interest. It's a must for every child to have a hobby that he or she loves doing ... Be it singing, playing music, dancing, cooking or anything else.


This must be encouraged and invested in. I realised my sons interest in music when he was barely 3 and got him a small Casio to keep his interest and today he loves playing his profession piano I bought last year and it paid off.
We always have a choice as we walk in to the toy store to pick what we like. We must try and invest in things that help our kids develop the skills needed for them to grow and boost their confidence too.
When time is a constraint, online shopping gives a huge choice for kid’s products including the latest toys/ sports stuff for every age and need.
Not just that it saves us from spending more and gets us the best deals with various offers available from time to time.
Amazon.in is one of my favorite online stores especially when it comes to picking my kids favorites’. I prefer buying toys online from the comforts of my home and gets to choose along with my son from a huge range of toys available from various brands.


                          " Let's pick The Best for them to learn, grow and explore "


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

MAX for kids - Elevate your holiday experience with Marriot International


Dec 2015, brought a fun filled afternoon exclusively for kids and a big sigh of relief for parents at an exclusive event at Hotel J W Marriott, Juhu Mumbai.

Marriott Rewards an award winning loyalty program launched "Max" an exclusive children's programme especially designed keeping in mind the holistic approach that promises to elevate a family holiday experience both for parents as well for kids.



Nothing can be more rejuvenating than holiday away from home. Families today, prefer to travel during vacations be it a weekend or a long summer/ winter break. As it brings in a breath of fresh air, energy and a time off from routine stuff.

Although hotel stays takes care of all our needs and promises to be fun ...But when it comes to children.. Most hotels have the similar arrangement and there is nothing much to offer when it come to kids other than a swimming pool and a recreation room with some regular indoor games.

In order to give the whole holiday experience a boost Marriott International came up with a brilliant program that took care of all children's needs including physical as well as intellectual through various activities via dance, fun and games.


So earlier, when parents especially mothers had the most tedious job of handling their kids and ensuring their happiness even while on a break can chillax too! With the launch of 'Max' parents can be rest assured that their little ones are being taken care of and having the best of their holidays experience while parents get to indulge in their other interests peacefully.


The beautifully done up stage for the Launch 


The event started with a launching ceremony in the ball room of Marriott hotel, along with the delegates in the presence of prestigious guests and members of Marriott hotel.

Anka Twum-Baah Vice President, Customer Loyalty & Content visited India to launch "Max" Marriott Rewards program for children in the age group of 5 up to 12 years.


Vice President Anka Twum-Baah addressing at the ceremony

After a warm welcome speech, the Vice President herself took to the stage and announced the newly introduced programme to be the first in Asia. The idea is to make the holiday experience as beautiful and memorable both for parents and for kids.


"MAX" cake cutting along with the kids 

After a lovely cake cutting ceremony along with the kids, Anka Twum-Baah welcomed all the kids along with parents to have the most of all the activities. Parents were especially instructed to bring alive the child within them and indulge in face painting and nail art without being judged.


The program is available to Members staying at Marriott International properties throughout the Asia- Pacific region. The program is devised in such a way that it takes care of all child's needs
and is categorised in four parts :BE ACTIVE, STAY CURIOUS, GO EXPLORE and JUST RELAX to cater to the physical, intellectual, creative and to pamper all your child's needs.


Zumba session by Ms. Sucheta Pal

The kids activities began with the action packed Zumba class by Ms. Sucheta Pal, an International Zumba education specialist and the famous Master Trainers for Zumba in the world. She ensured a fun filled class with some cool dance moves and handed over a glittering handmade guitar to all the rockstarts for good 45 min session.

A small video of zumba session at the event


Kids full of enthusiasm and energy moved on to the next set of activity especially tailored to test kids culinary skills and to make them aware of some healthy nutritious treats. Mr. Sujan Singh Jolly, who is famously known as Chef Jolly, the Director of Food & Beverage at the JW Marriott Bengaluru was here for the launch too and engrossed little chefs in interesting culinary activity and gave awesome tips and tricks while they did some adventure with cupcakes and veggies. Kids really
came up with great ideas and learned mixing salads and icing cakes.


Mr. Sujan Singh Jolly with the little chefs


Above all, there was an art and craft activity for kids to explore along with the exciting corners for face painting, tattoos, nail art, balloon and and instant selfie.




It was all and all fun filled afternoon. The ball room was full of mouth savouring delights, cakes and candies spread all over along with salads and other food stuff for kids to satisfy their hunger pangs.


Display of mouthwatering delights
   
                                 Kids had a great time and a well spent day at J W Marriott.

Such a fulfilling experience is what Marriott International promises for their little guests at their properties to ensure they have a memorable experience and rejuvenating one too.

So next time you check in to a Marriott International hotel .. you know its gonna take care of all your holiday needs by enriching your experience of a family holiday.


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Are you future ready for your children?

Gone are the days when parents decided for their kids and their career.. With so much exposure available today.. kids are well aware of the innumerable career options they can choose from... As a kid all I knew was doctor, engineer or a teacher...
There is a wide range of ambitions available and kids are smart enough to choose what they want to become when they grow up..

To be honest I wasn't sure even until my graduation .. Today, we get an instant answer even from a toddler as we ask what they want to become when they grow up.
With times and varied options, another thing that has immensely changed is the cost of living and education. Years back we hardly had as many choices as we have today and in a way it was easy to choose from fewer options or just go by what parents chose for us. Dreaming big wasn't a choice for everyone as it involved big money.

Whereas, the scenario is different today.. Schools don't restrict themselves only to studies but provide an overall exposure to kids from different activities & hobbies apart from sports. Even parents leave no stone unturned when it comes to providing the best to their kids and fulfill their desires..
With so much focus on kids today... It becomes a necessity for every parent to do the homework in advance and plan the future well in time to be able to fulfill their children's aspirations.
My priority has always been my child and will always be...  Today I am investing in his childhood by being emotionally available to him and hoping to raise an independent and responsible adult as he grows up but is that enough for his future ?
Today I am preparing him to dream big and giving him wings to fly ... However, the bigger question is "Am I prepared to help him achieve his dream" or Am I gonna disappoint my child with my lack of preparation ??

Well, this was the question Axis Mutual Fund kept in front of all the parents .. during an exercise they conducted as a part of their brilliant campaign to generate awareness among parents on the need to plan for their children's future.
They initiated a research experiment to understand parents perspective of their child's future and how they plan to fulfill their aspirations. 
The experiment #DoYourHomework that was set out to check if the parents are on the same page with kids about their future aspirations brought about some interesting findings about today's generation..
I was glad to be invited for the campaign #DoYourHomework along with other parents and bloggers..
As I entered along with my 6yrs old... We were thrilled to see the arrangements that were made to surprise the parent child duo with some fun activity along the way..

As the event started, parents and children were made to stand opposite each other and handedover a big kit of colours ranging from sketch pens, water colours to crayons and the canvas was ready for us to sketch ...
 Children were asked to draw a picture of what would they like to become when they grow up.. While parents were asked to paint what they would like their children to  become in future.

Thats how we got started...

Well I thought, I knew my child inside out and what he desires to be as an adult.. but to my surprise it turned out to be a complete contrast. The experiment left me startled to see he has a different choice from what I thought about his future goal.

The results are here for you all to see for yourself....


I wanted him to become a cricketer where as he was so focused and drew an army soldier with the tank fighting for his country.
Well, it did come as a big surprise but made me proud too .. and I instantly decided it's not just a fun activity but an eye opener for me as well for many other parents who need to think beyond the conventional goals and be prepared for it.
Check out this  #DoYourHomeWork experiment that brought about intersting stories and ideas for parents to rethink about their children's goals.

With the kind of lifestyle... It's not easy to have enough savings for funding the professional courses. With the rising prices apart from the daily expenses... One tends to spend the savings too...

With so many plans and schemes available in the market, it's more than a confusion for the parents to choose the right plan and invest correctly.

In order to solve this dilemma of parents Axis Mutual Funds did a complete study involving 1000 parents from 10 different cities with kids in the age group of 4 to 12 years to understand how parents plan to be future ready to fulfill their child s dreams..
Here are the key findings -
83% felt education related expenses are the biggest apprehensions amongst parents.
# 75% parents mentioned they will support child's dream of career choice but would prefer them to pursue conventional career choices.
# 38% parents plan to sent their children abroad for higher education.
# More than 3/4th parents did not have an exact view of what would it cost few years down the line, looking at the significant rise in education cost every year.
More than 50% parents agree that investment for child's education should start before primary schooling.
Looking at the facts above , it's very clear that savings alone are not enough to fulfill the career goals of children today and there is a need for parents to be calculatedly aggressive when it comes to Investment for the child's future.
Hence, An Investor education initiative from Axis Mutual Fund that inspires parents to start early in order to ensure the investment has good returns by the time child reaches the age of 18 and is ready to take up his/ her goal.
Here are the key elements of the Campaign-

1. The campaign has created  #DoYourHomework platform for parents reference to help them with the whatthe how and the why along with an online test for every parent and child.
2. Chasing dreams - short story books for your children to know of different professions in order to relate their interests and find their future in them.
3. Colouring books " Spill the magic of colours in your world " for children to colour their dreams while they explore different career choices.
4. To add to the fun ,you get to #DoYourHomework at crossword bookstores across 7 cities and Kidzania, Mumbai as an initiative started during children's day till the end of this month.While kids get to explore their career options, parents get to do the planning and calculations for their dream goals.
It was a great event with lots of fun and insight straight from the panelists from Axis Mutual Fund who took us through a great presentation focusing on why parents need to plan for their kids future and convincingly answered all our queries related to An Investor Education Initiative 
Mr. Chandresh Kumar Nigam, MD & CEO Axis Mutual Fund said " it's a huge responsibility to create awareness about the fact that people need to 'Invest' and not just 'save' to address children's various goals".
 Follow in the steps to Do Your Homework -
1. visit www.homework.axismf.com or download the "Homework" mobile application to find out the future cost of education.
2. Plan systematically to make the most of your earnings and investments to ensure the first step towards helping your children fulfill their aspirations.
and be prepared both emotionally and financially to support your children's decisions.